Located on New Zealand’s South Island, Canterbury is the international gateway for overseas visitors to new Zealand. Located mid-way down the east coast, the Canterbury region offers a modern lifestyle with picturesque parks, cathedrals and gardens as well as shopping, dining and attractions. From the marvelous Mt Cook to the bustling city of Christchurch, Canterbury offers so many attractions and things to do.
Opposite Christchurch’s International Airport, the International Antarctic Centre offers an exciting range of attractions. Things to do include riding the historic trams, discovering the rich history and enjoying a scenic gondola ride with the option of dining at ‘Pinnacle’ restaurant on night gondola rides. Relax around the cafes of Cathedral Square and sample some delicious local cuisine. Or, if you're really looking to indulge, pay a visit to one of the many nearby wineries and treat your taste buds to some of the best wine in New Zealand.
Check out our Whale Watching at Kaikoura cruise.
Located in Cathedral Square, the Aquarium of Discovery is complete with hundreds of aquatic species, a fly fishing simulator and glow worm cave that offers the ultimate day out for families.
Perfect for couples, the region of Hanmer Springs allows you to enjoy relaxing natural hot pools and spectacular mountain scenery. And, if you're feeling adventurous, you can enjoy a number of adrenaline activities including bungy jumping, quad biking, rafting, jet boating or horse trekking.
Visit the picturesque harbour town of Akaroa, stopping along the way at Barry Bay’s Cheese Factory and the French Farm and Vineyard.
There are a fantastic range of cruises on offer that depart from Akaroa. Allowing you the opportunity to witness widlife such as penguins, seals, dolphins and whales, these Akaroa cruises are a spectacular day out. You can also marvel at the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a Dolphin Encounter or Albatross Encounter in Kaikoura, getting you up close and personal with the bird life and swimming with the dolphins.
Mount Cook, also known as Aoraki, is New Zealand’s highest mountain and measures 3,724m. Situated in the Southern Alps, this popular tourist destination runs the length of the South Island. Featuring three summits, Mount Cook presents a favourite challenge among experienced mountain climbers.
Don't miss a scenic flight over Mount Cook
The lakes of the Mackenzie Basin are another popular tourist attraction, with Lake Tekapo being the most significant. The second-largest of three lakes, Tekapo covers 83sqkm and rises 700m above sea level. The Lake Tekapo Regional Park is a popular attraction, as is the Mount John astronomical observatory and there are a number of resort hotels scattered throughout the town of Lake Tekapo.